Cancer Disparity

October was breast cancer month, with many fundraising events and coverage by the media. The top three cancers in women in order: lung, breast and colorectal. Why then is breast cancer awareness and funding so much more prevalent than the other two?

Overall there are better treatments for all cancers, but it is a fact that research and funding for breast cancer far exceeds those for other cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2015 breast cancer funding was twice what it was for lung or colorectal.

Awareness, funding and research should be more evenly distributed amongst all cancers so we all have a better chance to survive.

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